A July 2000 trip
to Provincetown by kjlouden
Quote: We stayed out of town at Eastham and drove 1/2 hour to Provincetown for two days and evenings. We wanted to savor the "downtown" atmosphere, the dunes, and the ocean.
The best thing about this hotel was that it was free for us--we belong to Sheraton's Preferred Guest (www.preferredguest.com) and we had points: only 4,000 for weekdays in July of 2000; now 7,000, I see at their website. But they were remodeling, and their food service areas were a mess and chaotic. It took half an hour to get coffee at the counter. Even worse, there were no coffeepots in the rooms--imagine! I''m one of those rare breeds of humans up at 5:00 a. m. when I''m on vacation, and I am dangerous until I've had my coffee--they told me to drive to the nearest convenience store! But I must stop complaining, for housekeeping solved the problem by finding me a coffeepot by 9 o''clock. I had endangered the lives of the locals only once! Now I''m sure they have brand new coffeemakers in every room.
Everything else worked well. The rooms had all the standard Sheraton touches, including a fridge. We enjoyed the pool and hot tub, and the parrot--or macaw?--added some excitement to the pool area. He was never still until the bartender covered his cage at dark. This location was the perfect place to situate ourselves on the Cape. We "moved" after two nights down to the Sheraton in Hyannis and found ourselves in the midst of a nightmare traffic jam all around that town.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2001
Four Points by Sheraton Eastham Cape Cod
Restaurant | "Bubala's"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 7, 2001
Bubala's by the Bay
183 Commercial Street
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657
Attraction | "Whale Watch: Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown"
"Look at three o'clock," he said, and about 100 people ran to the right side of the ship. Then, "Eleven o'clock," and we ran to the left side, cameras flashing. We saw a few backs and tails before the lightning started, but we were told it would pass. It did. Nothing to worry about. The restaurant was out of the weather and had good hotdogs and muffins, among other food items. Soon the rain and thunder abated, and we were running from side to side on the first deck to catch the sightings and photo opps, bumping into strangers, hardly strangers anymore, and laughing with them. The biologist knew each whale by name, including two mothers and their babies, so we heard info on each one. I believe we saw about 14 breaches, at least two full breaches. When the last whale jumped w-a-y out of the water and flipped her tail as she dove back in, the biologist knew it was over and told us, "Say 'Bye, Bye'." So we did.
It had been a few hours of magic. No better way to spend a summer afternoon on the Cape! The trip back took about a half-hour, and the biologist told us stories of whale rescues he had directed while we soaked up some sun.
Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
20 Kellies PA / MacMillan Wharf
Provincetown, Massachusetts 02642
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 8, 2001
West Virginia, United States